Edinburgh New Town Walking Tour

Edinburgh New Town Walking TourGet to know Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed New Town on this 1.5-hour walking tour, led by an expert local guide! Built in the late 18th century, the area became a desirable address in the city – a feat that still rings true today. Walk down George Street – a perfect embodiment of Georgian grandeur – to admire its Neoclassical architecture and houses, and then head inside the Royal Society of Edinburgh , and gain rare access to its decadent Assembly Rooms.

Meet your guide at St Andrew’s Square Gardens, a lovely oasis of green space in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, and set off on your leisurely paced walking tour.

Don’t let its name fool you, for New Town is anything but new! Built in the late 1700s to alleviate overcrowding in Edinburgh’s Old Town, New Town is one of Scotland’s unrivaled feats of urban planning. The neatly arranged, elegant Georgian houses that comprise the area were not so much designed, but lavishly bedecked with grandiose pillars, smooth sandstone facades and regal arched doorways. You’ll see the area’s best examples as you amble around.

On a stroll down George Street, your guide will transport you back in time with tales of the late 18th century, when Edinburgh’s aristocrats and upper classes made this grand street their home. Hear of its most famous ex-resident, Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, and see the palatial house where he lived just after he married.

Besides its beautiful houses, George Street also boasts some impressive public buildings. Gain privileged access to the green-domed Royal Society building – venue of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s national academy – and visit its elaborate Assembly Rooms, which are normally off-limits to the public.

After spending 1.5 hours exploring New Town, learning about Georgian history and admiring Neoclassical architecture, return to the start point where your tour finishes.

Starting from £11.00 per person
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